Software Engineer

Corporate Profile

We started in South Africa, in ’91. Back then, change was coming. Along with its challenges came the chance to invest in a better future. Our journey through that time taught us to recognise and embrace change and uncertainty. Change taught us to be bold. Resilient. Agile.

To believe that active investing can be a force for good.

Today, we manage R2.3 trillion for our clients globally. We still see the world from a different perspective. Whether it is the rise of the East or the rise of the machines, we’ll always seek to make the best of it. Best for our clients, best for our company, and the best for the world we live in. We are investing for a world of change.

We began as Investec Asset Management, a small start-up based in South Africa offering domestic investment strategies. In 2020, almost three decades of growth later, we de-merged from Investec Group to become Ninety One, an independent asset manager listed on the London and Johannesburg Stock Exchanges.

While our name may have changed, we’re still the same firm. We offer distinctive investment strategies spanning equities, fixed income, multi-asset, alternatives and sustainability to help institutional investors, those advising others and individuals navigate an ever-changing world. All of our employees have the opportunity to own part of the firm. We also have our founding leadership in place. Our distinctive owner culture allows us to commit to building a long-term, inter-generational business. It supports a business fully aligned with our clients’ long-term investment objectives.

*as at 31 March 2020

Ninety One is an equal opportunities employer. Our imperative is to attract and retain the best talent by providing a corporate environment where people from varying backgrounds can develop professionally and build a rewarding career.

Job Overview

Ninety One Information Technology are recruiting Software Engineers to deliver product enhancements directly to the business within Research, Trade Management, Client Technology and Data Technology.
The roles will best suit full-stack Software Engineers who may have experience across different industries; although previous Financial Services or Asset Management will be an advantage.

Ninety One Information Technology is responsible for the delivery of systems and applications to enable the business to perform the full life cycle of an investment from Portfolio Management, Trading, Risk, Performance, Research and Client Reporting all enabled via our core Data-as-a-Service strategy and dynamic Infrastructure.

We make the decision to develop in-house where it adds most value to the business, but also blend that with vendor products where there is already a market leading product available.
There is a preference for the candidate to have a range of data related skills from design through to data surfacing techniques.

Key Responsibilities

  • Developing to house standards; ensuring code is clear, functional and simple to support.
  • Requirement gathering, communicating with stakeholders and documenting findings in the form of user stories.
  • Partnering with engineering leads and product owners to deliver value-adding functionality sprint by sprint.
  • Working in a quick-to-market proof-of-concept manner to engage stakeholders and focus on high quality deliverables.
  • Utilising Test Driven Development to maintain high quality products.
  • Working in a collaborative manner across teams.
  • Embracing DevOps techniques

Candidate Requirements

Technical Knowledge and Experience:

  • A BSc or other relevant degree
  • Minimum of 5 years working with object orientated programming languages such as C# or Java.
  • Preference for experience in Financial Services / Asset Management
  • Experience working with REST APIs and GraphQL.
  • Experience implementing software within an automated test-driven development environment.
  • SQL is essential - NoSQL, Data Lake, EDM advantageous.
  • Source control via Git essential.
  • UI/UX skills would be a useful addition, though not essential for data-focused roles.
  • Knowledge of cloud technologies like AWS and Azure desirable.
  • Experiencing building data integration solutions using different on- premise and cloud based technologies (e.g. Azure Data Factory, Functions).

Personal Attributes:

  • Positive attitude to work and change.
  • Good time management skills.
  • Strong collaboration ethic, with ability to work in teams from cross-functional disciplines.
  • Flexible in working hours including occasional weekend work, as projects and maintenance require.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills – both verbal and written.
  • Able to work to tight deadlines and able to cope under pressure.
  • High attention to detail.
  • Strong problem-solving ability/logical thinker and highly numerate

Risk and Compliance Responsibilities

  • Adhering to the Code of Ethics and related policies, including personal account dealing, gifts, market abuse, etc.
  • Ensuring Compliance training, declarations and relevant forms are completed on a timely basis
  • Ensuring that firm and client data and property, including IT data, are properly protected
  • Reporting any possible and actual breaches, errors, complaints or conduct issues.
  • Reporting any suspicion that a client, investor, or employee may be involved in money laundering, fraud or other crime such as market abuse
Ninety One is an independent, active global asset manager dedicated to delivering compelling outcomes for its clients. Established in South Africa in 1991, as Investec Asset Management, the firm started offering domestic investments in an emerging market. In 2020, almost three decades of organic growth later, the firm demerged from Investec Group and became Ninety One. Today the firm offers distinctive active strategies across equities, fixed income, multi-asset and alternatives to institutions, advisors and individual investors around the world. Investments involve risk. Content shared on this page is for professional investors only.